SPARKS Appreciation and Tribute Luncheon at the U.S. Capitol – March 31, 2011

As we approach another weekend, I wanted to very briefly bring up an upcoming event at the US Capitol next Thursday honoring Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and others, like Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW, who have been supportive on the legislative front with respect to postpartum depression (PPD).  For more details, visit Ms. Stone’s Empowher write-up, as well as Katherine Stone’s blog post about the event, but if not, go on over there and read up on what this event is all about!  

The event will be hosted by the S.P.A.R.K.S. Center in Brooklyn, NY.    Its mission is just what the acronym stands for–Serving Pre and Post-Natal Women and Families with Awareness, Relief, Knowledge and Support. 

Ms Stone will be among several in attendance who will be speaking to Members of Congress about the importance of the SPARKS mission and the funding of PPD initiatives, in general.  Members of Congress expected to be at this event include:

  • Congresswoman Shelly Berkley
  • Congressman Bobby L. Rush
  • Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins
  • Congressman Jerrold Nadler
  • Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney
  • Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy
  • Congressman James E. Clyburn
  • Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz

2 thoughts on “SPARKS Appreciation and Tribute Luncheon at the U.S. Capitol – March 31, 2011

  1. Hi Susan,
    It was SO good to see you on Thursday and to listen to you speak, as always (you are such an inspirational speaker)! I’m very glad I had the opportunity to share in the wonderful experience of seeing so many devoted to the SPARKS mission. To see so many who “get it” and truly recognize the importance of the mother’s health in the health of the family unit. I had goose bumps just watching the family members interacting with each other. You can see how the values of this community are family-centered, and how much they value social support. I truly hope the Congressmen/women who spoke at this event will truly make it a mission to increase funding of PPD programs, research and awareness!

  2. Hi Ivy: I am thrilled that you will be joining us in DC to share the excitement! Thanks for your continuous support of women and families struggling with PMAD’s.


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